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Alcea rosea is often confused with:
Papaver somniferum Papaver somniferum
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Alstroemeria Alstroemeria
Phlox subulata Phlox subulata
Allium Alllium

Alcea rosea

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Althaea mexicana Kunze
  • Althaea rosea (L.) Cav.
  • Althaea sinensis Cav.
Phonetic Spelling
al-SEE-ah RO-see-ah
Description

Hollyhocks are biennials, reseeding and returning in the garden year after year.

The flowers resemble Papaver somniferum (poppies) and can be used as a showy edible garnish or a container for dip.

Propagation: Seed sown during winter will flower in summer

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#purple#hummingbirds#white#sun#showy flowers#yellow#full sun#biennial#perennial#white flowers#purple flowers#pink flowers#yellow flowers#fall interest#summer flowers#spring interest#edible garden#butterfly friendly#HS302#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#purple#hummingbirds#white#sun#showy flowers#yellow#full sun#biennial#perennial#white flowers#purple flowers#pink flowers#yellow flowers#fall interest#summer flowers#spring interest#edible garden#butterfly friendly#HS302#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Alcea
    Species:
    A. rosea
    Family:
    Malvaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Biennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Perennial
    Maintenance:
    High
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Flower's colors range from white, yellow, pink, purple, to apricot.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Shape:
    Orbicular
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Edible Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Attracts:
    Songbirds